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Wakefield Second Shepherd's Play (1375 - 1600) 

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"kings two bodies"

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Speech of Troops at Tilbury 1588

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Utopia (Sir Thomas More) 1516

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Whoso list to hunt (Sir Thomas Wyatt) 1530

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Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser) 1580

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Sonnet 18 (William Shakespeare) 1600

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King Lear (William Shakespeare) 1608

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Wakefield Second Shepherd's Play (1375 - 1600) 

Combination of the story of a stolen sheep and a swindle involving the both of an infant.
- biblical story of Jesus Birth in Bethlehem 


- Mark and his wife hide a sheep and pretend its a baby 

- Shepherds recognize their missing sheep while bringing gifts for the baby 


Angel comes down to earth, guiding the shepherds to Bethlehem 

- religious turn in story 


- social critique in play 

 - Farmer can't use their land to grow food, have to use it for sheep 

- no chance to earn money, bad living conditions 


performed outside, 

everyone could see it, no one had to pay 

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"kings two bodies"

Female Monarch in Male World 

Elizabeth I, 

Speech to the Troops of Tilbury


body natural: body that is weak and can die 


body political: timeless and perfect - royal power given by god, cannot be taken 

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Speech of Troops at Tilbury 1588

Elizabeth I
"first woman on the throne"

Kings two bodies 


- preparation of the rebelling expected Invasion by the Spanish Armada 

- She instructs herself as one of the others 


- "My loving people, loyal hearts"

I am here with you 

"body of a week and female woman but I have the heart + stomach of a king"


- I am one of you. I will share your troubles 

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Utopia (Sir Thomas More) 1516

Book 1 

- dialogic form (Hythloday and More)

- picture of contemporary England 

- discussion who should work as government councilors


Book 2 

- description of Utopia 

- welfare state 

- no private property 

- 2 slaves per household 

- no crime 

- accompanied suicide 

- personal education 

- lifetime celibracy (treib es mit jedem, aber ohne Ehe)


- Critiques current situation


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Whoso list to hunt (Sir Thomas Wyatt) 1530

"Whoever chooses to hunt"


on the surface 

lyrical I is hunting a deer and cannot catch it because it's Ceasars 


Behind the surface

looking for a woman, he wants to have a relationship, but it's pointless - she belongs to another man 


extended metaphor 

deer= woman 

hunting and love 

object of desire, pursuit of love 


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Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser) 1580

epic poem, long narrative story 

2 books 


1. book: 

The legend of the Knight of the red Cross (virtue holiness)


2. Book: 

Sir Guyon (temperance) 

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Sonnet 18 (William Shakespeare) 1600

"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"


- different seasons, the weather 

- Summers not what it seems - over very fast, bad weather 

- volta: feelings change 


- beauty of poetry will live as long as human being

- beauty is everlasting 

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Sonnet 130 (William Shakespeare) 

"My mistress eyes are nothing like the sun"


- realistic portrayal of his mistress

- idealized comparison between beauty and natural imagery 

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King Lear (William Shakespeare) 1608

Act 1 

- King Lear has three daughters (Cordelia, Goneril, Regan)

- Kings wants to retire and wants to divide his kingdom into 3 parts, one for each daughter 

- public love test: who loves him the most, gets the biggest land 

- honest girl Cordelia loves him the most, but failed the test - gets banished - two rival sisters left 


Mistake: No Retirement - Chain of Being 


Act 2 

Earl of Gloucester + his two sons

Brothers Edgar and Edmund fight, 




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Sir Thomas More 

16th Century 

lawyer and statesman - lord 

humanist 

refused to accept Henry VIII as head of the church 


"Utopia"

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Sir Thomas Wyatt 

1503- 1542

- Counter at Henry VIII court, ambassador 

- in love with Anne Boelyn (2x imprisoned)

- poems published after his death  

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Geoffrey Chaucer (old middle English)

"Father of English Literature"


"The canterbury tales"

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